In this Update:
2022 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference
I want to thank The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Engineering for convening the 2022 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference in State College. It was an honor speaking with engineers and highway safety professionals on the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth’s transportation system.
Meeting with Centre County Local Officials
Thank you to Centre Region Council of Governments for arranging an event with several local officials from municipalities across Centre County. As a former township supervisor, I understand the opportunities and challenges local officials face daily. I am eager to assist in efforts to flourish the communities in Centre County.
Citation Presentation to Debi Balog
This week, my staff presented a Pennsylvania Senate Citation to Debi Balog from Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI). Debi spent 21 years dedicating herself to helping businesses fill jobs as the workforce development director. While doing this, she established lifelong relationships with those individuals that filled the jobs, as well as the businesses she worked with. Her dedication and passion will not be forgotten. Congratulations and Best of Luck to Debi!
Ceremony at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
This week, my staff attended the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (Conemaugh Health System) “D” Building Topping off Ceremony. The last steel beam was placed for the 75,500 square foot new addition that will consolidate the surgical support services and cardiovascular services, which will allow the hospital to establish a heart institute. Congratulations!
Reports Outline Natural Gas Costs and Readiness this Winter
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released its 2022 Winter Readiness Overviews covering the reliability and expected cost of natural gas service this winter.
According to the Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, home heating costs are expected to rise significantly over the winter, driven by an estimated 5% increase in consumption (for households that use natural gas as their primary heating fuel), along with a 28% rise in natural gas prices compared to last winter.
Additionally, all of Pennsylvania’s major natural gas distribution companies indicated that they have sufficient supplies and procedures in place to ensure reliable natural gas service this winter. You can find details and local utility reports here.
Making the Holidays Brighter for Military Families and Veterans
Please consider making the holidays brighter for veterans, service members and their families with a tax-deductible donation to any of these support programs run by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control.
Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.
You can also give to Residents’ Welfare Funds at any of the DMVA’s six veterans homes to keep our residents active, healthy and engaged.
You can donate online or by mail to: DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.
Celebrating and Protecting Our Bill of Rights
The right to free speech, the right to bear arms and eight other amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up our Bill of Rights. This week, we celebrate its Dec. 15, 1791 ratification and pledge to defend these rights forever.
To everyone observing Hanukkah, I hope these eight days bring you joy and a sense of rededication.